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Old 05-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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Just stop finished up starting strength due to the fact my body wouldnt be able to handle a month or two more of heavy squatting(90%-95%) three times a week. I also stopped enjoying it and want to focus on both gaining strength AND bodybuilding esk training. Any suggestions?
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If you've followed Starting Strength, the next logical step should be the Texas method.
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what are your numbers looking like.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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Your profile says you have only been training five months? Take a week or two and deload and get back to it while you investigate other program options. You may want to talk to BtB -- he can set you upon the path to greatness.
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Here are my numbers

Squat 95lbs -> 225lbs
Deadlift 135lbs -> 285lbs
Bench 60lbs -> 135lbs
OHP 50lbs -> 95lbs

The numbers are my working sets. Squats,bench,OHP are 3x5 and Deadlift is 1x5
havent tested my maxes yet
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Here are my numbers

Squat 95lbs -> 225lbs
Deadlift 135lbs -> 285lbs
Bench 60lbs -> 135lbs
OHP 50lbs -> 95lbs

The numbers are my working sets. Squats,bench,OHP are 3x5 and Deadlift is 1x5
havent tested my maxes yet

I'm sure you could get higher numbers out of the novice program.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:47 PM   #7
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Dude, that's solid progress, congrats! I'm no expert, but I say keep it up! It's worked for you so far, keep hitting it till the gains stop completely, reset once, and hit it again till progress stops. I think this is what Mark Rippetoe suggests in the starting strength manual.
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Good progress, brother.

Honestly, if this is working for you don't change things. Yeah squatting 3 times a week might be rough, but it's WORKING. You're obviously making good progress and the last thing you need to do is fix what isn't broken. Eat more if you're feeling burned out!

But, if you're really sick of the program changing things up a bit might be a good idea. I used to follow routines and get bored with them, so I would take a couple weeks just to lift and have fun. Take some time and just train because it's fun! Don't worry about a routine, or percentages, or whatever. Just bust your ass in the gym and get it done.

Last bit of advice, don't worry about routines. Take some time to listen to your body and how it's reacting to certain movements, rep schemes, etc. If I were you, I'd take the next couple weeks off from Starting Strength and go into the gym with an open mind. Try something new and tweek things around a bit just to see what happens. Afterwards jump back on the program and keep pushin' forward.

Hope this helps.
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Nice progress.

My advice is not coming from a place of extensive experience, let's just say, but it is coming from a guy (me ) who also started with Starting Strength, then went onto other things, and wished he'd just found something like...

THIS, a bit sooner. There's also what looks like a good upper/lower in the same forum, among others (many others).

Honestly though, any decent routine should do the trick. Sort your medium-term goals out, and gun for 'em.
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it is up to you what you do but i would say you can defiantly get allot more out of starting strength you most defiantly haven't finished it.
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